Facebook has quietly launched a new and small version of its app called, appropriately enough, Facebook Lite. However, the app has been made and is currently only available, for a few emerging markets and is targeting low-end Android devices that are stuck on slower 2G networks where bandwidth conservation is a priority.
Facebook Lite is only 252k in size, and apparently only available, at least for now, in just eight countries in Africa and Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Facebook Lite is based on the company's Snaptu-built feature phone client, it does have some Android-specific features like push notifications and camera integration.
Overall, this new app would seem to be an effort by Facebook to expand its user base even more. It's seeing limited testing markets at the moment, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it expanding to more markets in the coming months. If you happen to live in one of those countries, check it out on Google Play and let us know what you think.